Q: There are many needy people in my area. As a help, I am helping them whatever I can with my hard earned money. However, that is not enough as the number is huge. My friends are purchasing DDF Millionaire Lottery ticket every month. I know lottery ticket is haraam. However, can I buy a lottery ticket and if I get lucky enough to win that amount, I can help them with that amount. Also, I am not doing as a sawaab as lottery is haraam. I wont touch a single penny from that amount for my personal use. Just for a sake to help poor people, can I buy lottery ticket.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.